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The inspiration behind founding ProjeKt Inspire is to cater the current need of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teaching resources in schools. To add the practical way of learning that is missing from the current education curriculum used in schools; as most of them especially public primary schools are using a theoretical based curriculum which neglects the practicability of the lessons. Our learning approach supports students on understanding the context and science behind a particular phenomenon of the science subjects rather than studying for passing examinations. ProjeKt inspire to adequately prepare teachers with equipped practical knowledge and information regarding STEM to match the current learning demand following a significant growth of technology and industrialization.


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Dr.Lwidiko Edward

Director

Director

Dr.Lwidiko Edward

Dr. Lwidiko Mhamilawa (MD - MUHAS, PhD-Uppsala University) a co-founder of ProjeKt Inspire, a social enterprise that focuses on introducing a child-centred approach to learning Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, known as project-based integrated learning; both primary and secondary school age children. The objective is to provide proof of concept for the incorporation of the approach into the current education system as a way to equip and inspire the young generation into STEM fields and foster innovation and development in the country. His works have led to him becoming the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador to Tanzania (2017/2019) and the recipient of the Point of Light Award from Queen Elizabeth for the year 2020. As a Tanzanian born, raised and educated in both public and private schools in the country, he has first-hand experience of the education system and potential room for improvement especially in areas of STEM education. He has lead the launch of two biggest science centers in Tanzania, the first of their kind, in Dar es salaam and Tanga as the first step toward the dream of building the Disneyland for Science in Africa. Dr. Mhamilawa is also an academician and medical scientists with over 6 years of experience in malaria drug efficacy clinical trials, molecular analysis of malaria drug resistance markers and malaria diagnostic tools both molecular and microscopy and malaria epidemiology.

Basil (Vasili) Sgourdos
Dr.Vanessa Chilunda

Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary

Dr vanessa Chilunda

Dr.Vanessa Chilunda is a young Tanzanian scientist with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She graduated in 2017 with Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Biochemistry and Statistics. She is currently doing her research on the effects of HIV, antiretro- viral drugs and drugs of abuse on neuronal health. In addition to her passion in biomedical research, she is a co-founder and executive secretary of ProjeKt Inspire. ProjeKt Inspire focuses on providing career guidance and inspiration for young adults and kids, with a niche in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers. For the past six years, she has been organizing Annual STEM Youth Boot Camps that have impacted more than 500 secondary school students all over Tanzania; Rising STEAM Stars, a monthly program that conducts STEM activities with children reaching to more than 2500 primary students. Moreover, together with the team, she has been working on designing science kits for children in order to spark creativity, critical thinking, innovation and passion for STEM.

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Dr.David E. Chesebrough

Senior Advisor

Senior Advisor

Dr.David E. Chesebrough

Dr. David E. Chesebrough concluded his 11-year CEO career as President & CEO of COSI in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. In early 2006, after he was involved in building or rebuilding three museums and science centers, Columbus leaders brought in Chesebrough to help revitalize COSI when it was suffering deep challenges publicly and financially. He led the efforts of the COSI team, board and community partners to re-imagine the organization in a new 320,000 square foot building as a 21st century science-, technology- and research-rich "center of science." By the end of his tenure, COSI had been completely re-opened, renovated and was financially strong. Extensive school outreach (one of the largest in U.S), partnerships and embedded STEM activities, like working research labs, enabled COSI to impact almost 1 million users/year towards the end of Dr. Chesebrough’s tenure. When Chesebrough retired, COSI was well positioned as the anchor for a major urban redevelopment project. It was once again seen as a national and international science center leader and top community asset. Notable institutional recognitions included COSI being named the #1 Science Center in the country for families by Parent's magazine, winning the international Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Leading Edge award for Innovation, and COSI being chosen to host the international ASTC conference in 2012 to highlight it's "center of science" model. Chesebrough received numerous personal recognitions, including selection by Columbus CEO for its 2013 CEO of The Year award and ASTC’s international Roy L. Shafer Leadership Award in 2016 (at the end of his six years on the ASTC board and Executive Committee). Chesebrough Solutions LLC Chesebrough is widely known internationally as a speaker, workshop leader and writer on new models of science centers, operational self-sufficiency for non-profits, strategic partnerships and museum turnarounds – all based on his research and executive success in each area. Prior to serving as President and CEO of COSI he led the turnarounds at the Buffalo Museum of Science/Tifft Nature Preserve and Roberson Museum & Science Center/Kopernik Space Education Center. Earlier, he was part of the leadership team that designed and opened Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center. Dr. Chesebrough completed his nationally recognized research on partnerships and earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership at Duquesne University. Chesebrough has “been there and done that” over his three decades in the museum field. Prior to his successful non-profit career, he was a leading STEM educator and a pioneer, entrepreneur, author and national leader in educational technology -- assisting schools and technology companies like Apple Computer to effectively integrate computers into learning. Chesebrough established Chesebrough Solutions LLC at the end of his CEO career as an advising, coaching and consulting business focusing on helping non-profit and museum leadership (executives and Boards) achieve what he has coined as “great, sustainable impact.” He has supported leaders of non-profits that are engaged in areas as wide ranging as natural history museums, educational STEM initiatives, and science centers. He is pleased to now bring his extensive international expertise, experience and connections to his role as Senior Advisor to ProjeKt Inspire.

Bob van Dijk
Dr.Issaya Ipyana

Programs and internal relations manager

Programs and internal relation Manager

Dr. Issaya Ipyana

Dr. Issaya Ipyana Kasyupa is a seasoned professional dedicated to transforming lives through education. Certified in life and literacy skills training, and serving as an Instructional Coach and STEM coach, Dr. Kasyupa blends education expertise with a passion for empowering individuals and communities. His impact in the education sector extends to organizing innovation workshops for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania and collaborating with prestigious institutions such as the Next Einstein Forum, African Institute of Mathematics, and African Mathematics Initiative. Dr. Kasyupa's versatility shines through his leadership in both national and international science and technology workshops. Having served as the Regional Coordinator for the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network at the UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania, Dr. Kasyupa possesses exceptional program management skills, further affirming his commitment to education and development. As a NEF Ambassador and PhET Fellow for Tanzania, Dr. Kasyupa's achievements underscore his dedication to advancing education and fostering positive change. His wealth of experience positions him as a valuable asset to any team or organization striving to elevate education standards and enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities

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Kelvin J Kimathi

STEM Park Dar Manager

STEM Park Dar Manager

KELVIN J KIMATHI

I am passionate about fostering innovation and creativity in STEM education. Leveraging my expertise in 21st-century skills, I work diligently to streamline processes and accelerate progress within the STEM Park environment. Every day, I am inspired by the enthusiasm and curiosity of children as they actively engage in transformative hands-on activities. Through a dedicative and innovative approach, I play a part in creating an environment where learning is enriching and profoundly enjoyable for all participants.

Mamongae Mahlare
Max George

STEM Park Tanga Manager

STEM Park Tanga Manager

Max George

As the STEM Park Tanga Manager, Max George harnesses his fervent dedication to catalyze enduring change in STEM education. Leveraging his expertise in Information Technology and Project Management, he spearheads transformative initiatives within Tanga and Tanzania. At the forefront of innovation, Max champions hands-on learning experiences at the STEM Park, inspiring the next generation of leaders and innovators. His steadfast commitment to advancing STEM education underscores his vision for shaping the future landscape of society in the region and beyond.

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Mashambo Kisakeni

Rising STEAM stars coordinator

Rising STEAM stars coordinator

Mashambo Kisakeni

Mashambo Kisakeni is a distinguished professional in the field of electrical engineering. With over five years of invaluable experience in STEM communication, he has established themselves as a prominent figure in bridging the gap between complex technical concepts and public understanding. Since joining ProjeKt inspire, he has been instrumental in advocating for STEM initiatives and fostering a culture of innovation and creativity. As the manager of the Rising STEAM Stars department (04 up to 14 years’ program), they have demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic vision, driving forward the company's mission to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers. Their dedication to promoting STEM education and awareness has not only impacted the company's growth but has also contributed significantly to the broader community by empowering individuals to embrace science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With a proven track record of commitment to excellence, success and a deep-seated passion for STEM education and outreach, he continues to be a driving force in shaping the future of technology and inspiring individuals to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Karen Nadasen
Edwin Priscus

Rising STEAM Stars Content Curator

Rising STEAM Stars Content Curator

Edwin Priscus

I am a skilled microbiologist and enthusiastic STEM instructor with a strong academic foundation in microbiology and a passion for education. My expertise in microbiological research, coupled with my dedication to fostering scientific curiosity in students, allows me to bring a dynamic and impactful approach to STEM education and Content Curator at Projekt Inspire.

Karen Nadasen
Simon Flavian

Information and Communication Technology coordinator

Information and Communication Technology coordinator

Simon Flavian

Simon Flavian is a leading ICT professional at Projekt Inspire, possessing extensive expertise in Information Technology and Mathematics. With a strong background in software development, Simon excels in designing, developing, and integrating software systems, along with crafting intuitive user interfaces and experiences for both web and mobile applications. As a complex problem-solver, he approaches challenges with an analytical and driven mindset, consistently delivering impeccable code to meet demanding development objectives within tight schedules. Simon is also dedicated to inspiring youth in the STEM field, leveraging his skills to teach and lead them toward their goals.

Karen Nadasen
Cecilia Shoni

Rising STEAM Stars Assistance Dar

Rising STEAM Stars Assistance Dar

Cecilia Shoni

I am Cecilia Shoni a biotechnologist, and STEM education enthusiast. Focusing in advancing STEAM education, with the aim to narrow the gap between scientific concepts and students' comprehension. I firmly believe that education is the foundation of progress and equity, and I am committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, have equal access to quality education.

Karen Nadasen
Mohamed Mohamed

STEM Communicator Tanga

STEM Communicator Tanga

Mohamed Mohamed

Mohamed Mohamed works with Projekt Inspire at STEM Park Tanga, leading the RSS (Rising Steam Stars) department. With a robust background in physiotherapy, Mohamed brings a unique perspective to his role, leading all RSS programs with a focus on advancing STEM education and sustainability. His responsibilities include coordinating daily STEM activities at STEM Park, conducting school outreach, managing school STEM clubs, facilitating TV and radio sessions, and overseeing STEM Park Tanga's social media presence. Through his expertise and dedication, Mohamed guides the RSS department in inspiring a new generation of innovators and fostering a culture of curiosity and exploration within the community

Karen Nadasen
Angel Msechu

STEM Communicator Tanga

STEM Communicator Tanga

Angel Msechu

As Angel Msechu, STEM Communicator at the STEM Park Tanga, Early Childhood Education Teacher, and Marketing Lead, I have a multifaceted role in promoting STEM education and engaging with both children and adults. I utilize my expertise in early childhood education to design interactive and age-appropriate STEM activities that foster curiosity and critical thinking skills in young learners. Additionally, I leverage my marketing skills to effectively promote our STEM programs and events to the community, ensuring maximum participation and engagement. Through my dedication and passion for STEM education, I strive to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

Karen Nadasen
Antoniah Mavoa

STEM Communicator Tanga

STEM Communicator Tanga

Antonnia Mavoa

Antoniah Noah Mavoa, A Counseling Psychology Graduate, passionately in inspiring STEM education. Serving as STEM Park Communicator in Tanga, she believes in nurturing both intellectual and emotional growth to empower students. Antoniah's role involves coordinating STEM Career Fairs with empathy, helping students confidently explore their academic and professional paths.

Karen Nadasen
Joseph Alex

STEM Communicator Dar

STEM Communicator Dar

Joseph Alex

Joseph is a skilled and passionate software developer with a strong background in Programming. With experience in the industry, he has a proven track record of developing high-quality software solutions. and also a Stem enthusiast at Projekt Inspire Dar, who also serves as a technology instructor, imparting knowledge and skills in technology to others. He is committed to continuous learning and staying updated with the latest technologies in the field.